2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5 from North America
Solid, has never broken down on me
EGR flow problems.
Front headlight problems.
Steering thumps and noises.
Power steering problem.
Multiple plastic trim parts have broken off.
4 brake jobs.
Suspension overhaul @ 170K.
Driver's seat foam worn out.
Various recalls from Chevrolet.
Exterior paint began oxidizing @ 150K.
Center brake light out at @ 180K.
This is the first vehicle I bought at a dealership. From the beginning there were problems with steering column noises and "clunks", and problems with the headlights. All were fixed and my car was never out of service. Power steering and other problems were fixed by recalls, which was almost heaven sent. Thank you Chevrolet. EGR flow problems come back every 2 years or so. Design flaw, probably, but it's gotten to the point where I can fix it in about an hour tops. Horn problems were fixed when I found the horn unit would accumulate water as it was pointing upwards.
All of the previously listed things aren't enough for me to say this is a bad car; on the contrary it's been a very good car and continues to run like a champ to this very day. What really does irk me is the fact that many plastic trim parts and divets have either broken or got worn out and it affects the aesthetics. I've managed to replace all those plastic bits at my local junkyard, but it really does make me hate Chevrolet for not putting in more quality plastic in their vehicles. I believe regular maintenance has helped my car's engine stand the test of time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th March, 2018